The leading retailer of casual apparels, footwear and
accessories for both men and women,
) recently posted soft same-store sales as well as total sales
for the four-week period ended November 24, 2012.
Same-store sales declined 0.1% in November, while net sales
increased 1.9% to $96.7 million from $94.9 million in the
comparable prior-year period.
Buckle witnessed an increase of roughly 5% in men's category,
which now represents approximately 41% of the sales for November.
Women's category rose 0.5% during the month. The company
witnessed increased sales in denim, sweaters, accessories, knit
shirts, woven top and footwear categories.
Further, for the 43-week period ended November 24, 2012,
Buckle's sales grew 4.8% to $860.1 million from $820.8 million in
the comparable prior-year period. The company's same-store sales
increased 2.8% over the year-ago period.
Earlier this month, the company reported better-than-expected
third-quarter 2012 (ending on October 27, 2012) financial
results. The company's quarterly earnings of 88 cents a share
surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 83 cents, and rose 8.6%
from 81 cents earned in the year-ago quarter.
Buckle reported net sales of $284.1 million compared with
$273.4 million, reflecting a year-over-year augmentation of 3.9%.
Same-store sales over this period grew 2.4%. Increase in comps
and net sales came on the back of improvement in both women's and
men's segments. Moreover, revenue beat the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of $283.0 million.
Further, Buckle's performance significantly exceeded that of
The Cato Corporation
). Cato Corp reported third-quarter earnings of 16 cents a share,
reflecting a fall of about 24.0% from the year-ago quarter.
Headquartered in Kearney, Nebraska, Buckle ended the month of
November with 441 retail stores in 43 states. Buckle currently
retains a Zacks #2 Rank that translates into a short-term 'Buy'
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